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Did the Prophet Know that his Grandson al-Hussain was Going to be Martyred?


A young brother sent me the following question a few days ago:
A shia brother posted this status:       

The Holy Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

Surely, there exists in the hearts of the Mu’mineen (believers), with respect to the martyrdom of Hussein raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), a heat that never subsides.

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[Mustadrak al-wasail vol 10 pg 31]

Basically he is claiming the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) knew that Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) was going to be martyred…what is your take on this?

So I started looking in the Sunni references.  My focus was to find out whether the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) knew that his grandson al-Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) was going to be martyred, whether he referenced it anywhere, or told anyone.  As Ahlu-Sunnah, we believe that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) does not know the future on his own, so it would have to be some form of revelation from God.  Alḥamdulillāh, I found some really good and elaborate discussion on this topic, from the Hadith point of view,  in Silsitat al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah by Sheikh Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani, vol. 3, p. 159, hadith 1171.  Here, and for the sake of brevity, I will not mention all the narrations or references that the Sheikh mentioned in his book.  Rather, I will focus on three distinctive narrations [from three different Companions] found in Musnad al-Imam Ahmad, followed by some commentary (basically grading the level of authenticity of each narration) by Sheikh al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him).

The Narration of Ali bin Abi Talib raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)

حدثنا محمد بن عبيد حدثنا شرحبيل بن مدرك عن عبد الله بن نجي عن أبيه أنه سار مع علي، وكان صاحب مطهرته، فلما حاذى نينوى وهو منطلق إلى صفين فنادى علي: اصبر أبا عبد الله، اصبر أبا عبد الله بشط الفرات، قلت وماذا؟ قال: دخلت على النبي ذات يوم وعيناه تفيضان، قلت: يا نبي الله أغضبك أحد؟ ما شأن عينيك تفيضان؟ قال: بل قام من عندي جبريل قبل فحدثني أن الحسين يقتل بشط الفرات، قال: فقال هل لك إلى أن أشمك من تربته؟ قال قلت نعم. فمد يده فقبض قبضة من تراب فأعطانيها فلم أملك عيني أن فاضت. أخرجه أحمد ٨٥/١

Narrated Muhammad bin Udaid, narrated Shurahbil bin Mudrik, from Abdullah bin Nujayy, from his father, that he traveled with Ali raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), and he used to carry his purifying water.  When they were next to Nainawa on his way to Siffin, Ali raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) called, “Be patient Oh Abu Abdillah (the kunya of his son al-Hussain), be patient Oh Abu Abdillah by the banks of the Euphrates.  I [Nujayy] said, “what is this?”.  He [Ali] said, “I entered upon the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) one day while his eyes were shedding tears.  I said, ‘what is it with yours eyes shedding tears?’.  He said, ‘Rather, Jibreel was here earlier and he told me that al-Hussain will be killed by the bank of the Euphrates and he [Jibreel] said ‘do you want me to provide you a sample from his soil [where he will be killed] so you can smell it?’ and I said ‘yes’.  So he extended his hand and he took a grip from the soil and gave it to me so I couldn’t help my eyes to fill with tears'”.  [Recorded by Ahmad, vol. 1, p. 85.]

Sheikh al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) commented on this narration:

قال الألباني: قلت وهذا إسناد ضعيف، نجي والد عبد الله لا يدرى من هو كما قال الذهبي، ولم يوثقه إلا ابن حبان، وابنه أشهر منه، فمن صحح هذا الإسناد فقد وهم

“I say this is a weak chain of narration.  Nujayy the father of Abdullah is unknown according to Dhahabi, and no one said he’s reliable except ibn Hibban.  His son is more famous than he is.  So whoever authenticated this chain has erred.”

The Narration of Anas bin Malik raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him)

حدثنا مؤمل حدثنا عمارة بن زادان حدثنا ثابت عن أنس بن مالك أن ملك القطر استأذن ربه أن يأتي النبي فأذن له، فقال لأم سلمة املكي علينا الباب لا يدخل علينا أحد، قال وجاء الحسين ليدخل فمنعته، فوثب فدخل فجعل يقعد على ظهر النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم وعلى منكبه وعلى عاتقه، قال: فقال الملك للنبي أتحبه؟. قال نعم. قال: أما إن أمتك ستقتله، وإن شئت أريتك المكان الذي يقتل فيه. فضرب بيده فجاء بطينة حمراء، فأخذتها أم سلمة فصرتها في خمارها. قال قال ثابت: بلغنا أنها كربلاء. أحمد ٢٤٢/٣

Narrated Mu’ammal, narrated Umaarah bin Zaadaan, narrated Thaabit from Anas bin Malik that the Angel of Rain took permission from his lord to visit the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) so He gave him permission. The Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) told Umm Salamah raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them) to watch the door so no one could come in. Al-Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) came wanting to enter and I stopped him. But he jumped, entered, and started sitting on the back of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) [al-Hussain was a young child at the time], and on his shoulders. Then the angel asked the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), “Do you love him?”. He said, “yes”. The angel said, “Indeed your Ummah will kill him, and if you wish, I can show you the place where he will be killed”. Then, he struck with his hand and came with red clay. So Umm Salamah raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them) took it and tied on it in her veil. Thaabit [the sub-narrator] said, “it has reached us that it’s Karbala”. [Recorded in Musnad al-Imam Ahmad, vol. 3, p. 242]

Sheikh al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) said about this chain of narration:

قلت ورجاله ثقات غير عمارة هذا. قال الحافظ: صدوق يكثر الخطأ. وقال الهيثمي: رواه أحمد وأبو يعلى والبزار والطبراني بأسانيد، وفيها عمارة بن زادان وثقه جماعة وفيه ضعف وبقية رجال أبي يعلى رجال الصحيح

“Its narrators are trustworthy except for Umaarah. Al-Haafidh [ibn Hajar] said about him, ‘he tells the truth but his mistakes are many’. Al-Haythami said, “this hadith was narrated by Ahmad, Abu Ya’la, al-Bazzar, and Tabarani through several chains, in it is Umaarah bin Zaadaan, some affirmed his trustworthiness but he has some weakness. The remaining narrators of [the chain of] Abu Ya’la are the narrators of Sahih [narrators found in Bukhari and Muslim].'”

So we see here that al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) related to us the difference of opinion regarding one narrator in this Hadith and that is Umaarah bin Zaadaan. The issue with Umaarah is not trustworthiness but rather his weak memory which renders this narration as slightly weak.

The Narration of Umm Salamah, the Wife of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)

حدثنا وكيع قال حدثني عبد الله بن سعيد عن أبيه عن عائشة أو أم سلمة. قال وكيع: شك عبد الله بن سعيد. أن النبي قال لإحداهما: لقد دخل علي البيت ملك لم يدخل علي قبلها فقال لي: إن ابنك هذا حسين مقتول، وإن شئت أريتك من تربة الأرض التي يقتل بها. قال: فأخرج تربة حمراء. مسند الإمام أحمد ٢٩٤/٦

Narrated Wakee’, narrated Abdullah bin Sa’eed, from his father from Aisha or Umm Salamah [Wakee’ said this doubt came from Abdullah bin Sa’eed] that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said to one of them [either Aisha or Umm Salamah raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them)], “An angel entered the house on me, he never entered on me before, and he said to me, ‘this son of yours, al-Hussain, will be killed, and if you wish I can show you the soil from the earth where he will be killed’. Then he took out some red soil”. [Recorded in Musnad al-Imam Ahmad, vol. 6 p. 294]

Al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) commented on this narration,

قلت: وهذا إسناد رجاله كلهم ثقات رجال الشيخين فهو صحيح إن كان سعيد وهو ابن أبي هند سمعه من عائشة أو أم سلمة، ولم أطمئن لذلك، فإنهم لم يذكروا له سماعا منها، وبين وفاته ووفاة أم سلمة نحو أربع وخمسين سنة وبين وفاته ووفاة عائشة نحو ثمان وخمسين سنة. والله أعلم

“This chain of this narration has all trustworthy narrators, narrators of the two Sheikhs [i.e. Bukhari and Muslim]. Therefore, this narration is authentic IF Sa’eed, and he’s ibn Abi Hind, has heard it from Aisha raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them) or Umm Salamah raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them). But I’m not at peace with that since they [Hadith scholars] have not mentioned that he has heard from her. Meanwhile, between his death and the death of Umm Salamah raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them) is about 54 years, and between his death and the death of Aisha raḍyAllāhu 'anhum (may Allāh be pleased with them) is about 58 years, and Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) knows best.”

So again we see here a slight weakness in the narration. Everything looks good except the question of whether Sa’eed bin Abi Hind heard from one of the wives of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) or not. Here we’re not negating that he heard from them. We just don’t possess solid evidence that he did. Also, you notice here the precision of the scholars of Hadith in calculating the difference in death years between narrators. Depending on the gap, this can increase or decrease the likelihood of one narrator meeting the other or hearing from them.

Final Verdict on the Hadith

As we see from above, every narration has a slight weakness one way or another. So what’s the final verdict? Does the story stand. Can we say that the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him), for certain, was told that his grandson, al-Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him), was going to be killed? And the answer is YES.  Al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) makes the following conclusion after going over more narrations:

قلت وبالجملة فالحديث صحيح بمجموع هذه الطرق، وإن كانت مفرداتها لا تخلو من ضعف، ولكنه ضعف يسير، لا سيما وبعضها قد حسنه الهيثمي، والله أعلم

“Altogether, the Hadith is authentic by collectively considering all the chains of narration. This is true even though each single chain is not free from defects, but it’s minor defects. This is not to mention that some of those chains were graded as Hassan [less authentic than Sahih, yet authentic] by al-Haythamee.  And Allah knows best.”

Here al-Albani raḥimahullāh (may Allāh have mercy upon him) is following a well-known rule among the scholars of Hadith. If the Hadith is narrated through different chains of narrations all with slight weakness, then the chains of narration corroborate each other and the minor weakness is overlooked. This means that the essence of the story holds true. However, unique details mentioned in one version but not the other don’t have to be authentic. For example, we notice that there is no agreement on who the angel is among the narrations. One narration mentions Jibreel, another mentions the Angel of Rain, yet another doesn’t identify the angel at all. So here we don’t have to dwell on this difference since we may not have enough evidence to prove it one way or another.

Some Final Words

No doubt, loving Ahlul-Bayt [the family of the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)] should be in the heart of every Muslim.  Loving Ali, Fatima, al-Hassan, and al-Hussain (may Allah’s mercy be upon them all) is part of our faith.  Therefore, the killing of al-Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) along many members of his family was a great calamity that afflicted this Ummah.  It should ache our hearts just like it ached the heart of our Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) when he was foretold as we saw in the narrations above.  But that does not justify the extremism that we see around this whole issue.  Some people still scream revenge for al-Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) up till today.  You hear expressions like “يا لتارات الحسين” which translates “Oh [how many are] the revenge(s) for Hussain”.  Others are in a constant state of mourning as they proclaim “كل أرض كربلاء وكل يوم عاشوراء” which translates “every land is Karbala and every day is Ashoura”. This is not to mention the repulsive self-beating that happens every year on the Day of Ashoura.  And recently, we have seen the name of al-Hussain being invoked by some Shia groups fighting on the side of Assad against the oppressed people of Syria.  To me, this is the biggest disgrace to al-Hussain raḍyAllāhu 'anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) whose most important legacy was to fight on the side of the oppressed against the oppressor!!

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  1. Parvez Khan

    November 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    therefore the relevant hadith are hasan due to external factors.

  2. O H

    November 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Jazak Allaau Khair Brother Anas. Learned quite a few important things from this.

  3. Ahmed

    November 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Can somebody explain why Sheikh Albani of the 20th century who is known to make many mistakes in this area is being used as a source of reference for the hadith verification?

    • Hassan

      November 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      Yes I can explain: Short answer you are wrong. Long answer you are wrong to say that he used to make many mistakes in this area.

      • Ahmed

        November 16, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        I’m wrong? I am looking at a list of his mistakes right now; his ‘weakening’ of ahadeeth from the sahih of Bukhari and Muslim. I don’t know how the author of this article expects us to take this seriously. At LEAST provide us with the views of another scholar besides/alongside Albani. Since when did the Sheikh become the chief spokesman for hadith classification?

        • O H

          November 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM

          Shaykh ul Albaani is considered to be the muhaddith of the 20th Century and some scholars consider him to the mujaddid (reviver of the deen) for the 20th Century. No person, including the scholars, are infallible except the Prophet (peace be upon him) but to dismiss Shaykh Al Albaani’s credentials on the basis of a few ‘perceived’ mistakes is grossly unfair. By the way the mistakes you are talking about may not be mistakes at all! I suggest myself and you to study the Islamic sciences such as fiqh and Usool al Fiqh etc before making such claims. Jazak Allaahu Khair

  4. Ahmed

    November 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Thanks for deleting my comment and keeping some!

    • Aly Balagamwala | DiscoMaulvi

      November 21, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Dear Ahmed

      Your comments have not been deleted but voted down and hidden by the readers. The readers’ rating mechanism is not in the control of the moderation team and even comments of MuslimMatters team can be voted down.

      WIth regards to the use of Shaykh Al-Albani (r) as the authenticating authority for hadith, our authors consider him a valid source of authentication. Other than your objection to the source of authentication, your views on the actual content are not apparent.

      CommentsTeam Lead

    • Riasat

      September 12, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Haha , Sheikh Albani did things which no one did before , he divided the books of sia sitta , he made sahih tirmidi , daef tirmidi , saheeh Abu daud , daef Abu daud for hundreds of years Abu daud was one book . And the followers of Albani treats daef (weak) Hadith as maduh(fabricated) Hadith .

      Albani calls a person thiqah in one place and calls the very same person daef In another place . I can show proves , if anyone wants .

  5. Abu Musab

    November 19, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    As’Salamu Alaykum,

    @ Br. Ahmed, Shaykh Albani is not the first one to point the weakness in few ( very few) ahadiths of al-Bukhari and Muslim. Many hadeeth scholars have pointed that out in the past, with likes of Ad-Dahabi, Ibn-Hajar, etc. Ibn-Hajar actually proved that some hadeeths in Bukhari are (technically) weak. And the scholars of his time agreed with him.

    No person who loves sunnah, attacks Shaykh Albani except that he is a Fanatic Muqallid, Usually comes from either a deobandi or barelwi.


    • O H

      November 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Is this brother Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkari? The Youtube speaker?

      • Abu Musab

        November 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Nah! not even close. That brother is way ahead of me. May Allah reward him.

        InShaAllah, One day, I hope to make videos like him.

        I’m poor indian, struggling to learn arabic. Make dua for me.

        • O H

          November 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM


          Don’t worry brother that brother excels in giving dawah to the masses. Allaah Subhana wa ta’ala may have given you another quality in which you may excel over others through which you can attain a high rank in Jannah Insha Allaah! Or maybe you have got it in you to give Dawah in the future as well.

          May Allaah Subhana wa ta’ala allow us to contribute sincerely and positively to the Ummah. Ameen

  6. Abu abdullah

    November 25, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    May Allah reward our father sheik Albani. I am a learner of deen from Nigeria….was born a Muslim, but was very unconscious of correct seen. the few Ibadan I use to make was in direction of bidha and torikah of tijaniyah…….kindly help me to send things that will assist me in line of sunnah…may Allah reward you all

    • O H

      November 29, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Assalamu alaykum brother Abu Abdullah

      May Allaah reward you immensely and guide you to siraatul mustaqeem (straight path). Ameen. Check these useful links below: (go here to get answers for all sorts of Islamic questions based on the qur’an and sunnah. There are useful articles as well) (go to this site for authentic free Islamic courses. This organisation is founded by Dr Bilal Phillips.) (has got useful books, articles, audio, video, etc)

      Make dua that Allaah Subhana wa ta a’ala keeps you steadfast on the truth. Make dua for me as well :)

      • Abu Musab

        December 10, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Im a student of islamic online university. Its been blessing for those who want to study Islam, especially for those who are living in the West.

  7. Kayvee

    December 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Jazakallah khairan for this article

    I am an ex Iranian Shia, who converted to “Sunni” Islam a few years ago.

    Besides the extremism surrounding the Shia’s around this issue and the self beating, there is another major issue.

    Depending which sect of Shiasm you look at, there are many differences. One of the one major sect of Shiasm are known as the Raafidis, Imamis or Ithna ‘Asharis or Twelvers.

    As the name suggests they have 12 Imams. A Shia will have mourning rituals for all 12 imams And celebrate the birthday of all 12 imams.

    When I was a shia myself, I noticed that the focus of the Shia had become these 12 Imams.

    When in fact our focus of spirituality and worship should be Allah.

    I just wanted to add that point


    • Kayhan

      July 16, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      As a Shi’a Muslim, I can discredit your claims that Shi’a focus on the 12 Imams. You sunni first claim that we worship Imam Ali (as) and now you say this? For thousands of years, the Sunnis have killed and oppressed the Shi’as of Ali (as) but the truth will never die. Imam Hussein (as) gave his life to keep Islam pure from the criminal Yazid (la). You were never a Shi’a with these deliberate lies you’re spreading. Typical takfiri propaganda campaign.

    • Huss

      December 1, 2016 at 11:29 PM

      Just like Allah sw used intersession to reach us we use intersession to go back to him! Our holy prophet pbuh&hp and his ahlul bayt are loved dearly by Allah s.w while we are sinners and our holy prophet and his ahlul bayt are pure in dua why wouldnt you ask Allah s.w through the love of them to answer your dua like seriously??? Allah s.w sent them here to guide us to him so why cant we use them to get back to him!!

  8. A-

    December 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Jazak’ Allah! Cleared so many doubts i had.
    keep up the great work! =)

  9. Muslim

    January 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Asalamu aleykum. I just want to point out that the wives of the prophet (ra) were also part of ahlulbayt (ra) and Allah swt himself called them that in the quran. Shias claim to love ahlulbayt (ra) when in reality they hate most of them and also hate the ones they claim to love (Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Hussein ra). They only love their fabricated version of them and not the real Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husein (may Allah be pleased with them) who loved the sahabah and followed the sunnah and would NEVER have accepted shiaism! Just like christians dont accept the real prophet Isa (as) and only love the fabricated version of him.

    • Mustafa

      May 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Asalamu aleykum. I just want to point out that the wives of the prophet were not part of ahlulbayt (as) and Allah swt himself placed them apart from the ahlulbayt in the quran. Sunnis claim to love ahlulbayt (as) when in reality they hate most of them and also love those who hated and killed members of the ahlulbayt (Abu bakr, Omar, uthman, Abu Sufian, muawiya, yazeed, etc.). They only love their fabricated version of them and not the real Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husein (may Allah be pleased with them) who respected the sahabahs who followed the ahlulbayt after the rasool’s death (bilal, salman Farsi, Amman Ibn Yasir ra), and followed the quran and would NEVER have accepted sunnism! Just like christians dont accept the real prophet Isa (as) and only love the fabricated version of him.

      • ali

        June 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM


        the shia turned ahlul bayt into gods or demi gods

        and he accuses sunnis of being like the christians


      • Raza

        January 2, 2016 at 7:44 AM

        We need more people like you brother…

    • faheem ul haq

      April 26, 2016 at 7:07 AM

      Jazzakallah your point is more valid and i agree with your statement

    • Huss

      December 1, 2016 at 11:35 PM

      The term ‘ahlul bayt’ is a term that is given to the 5 (prophet, first 3 imams, bib fatema). Secondly the PROGENY of any person does not include the wives. You see this amongst Royal families. the wives that get brought into the family cannot rule the kingdom without the husband that was born into the family. The progeny runs through the daughters,bothers,sons not the wives. Furthermore a hadith from ‘authentic’ sunni book itself

      Yazid b. Hayyan reported: We went to him (Zaid b. Arqam) and said to him. You have found goodness (for you had the honour) to live in the company of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and offered prayer behind him, and the rest of the hadith is the same but with this variation of wording that lie said: Behold, for I am leaving amongst you two weighty things, one of which is the Book of Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, and that is the rope of Allah. He who holds it fast would be on right guidance and he who abandons it would be in error, and in this (hadith) these words are also found: We said: Who are amongst the members of the household? Aren’t the wives (of the Holy Prophet) included amongst the members of his house hold? Thereupon he said: No, by Allah, a woman lives with a man (as his wife) for a certain period; he then divorces her and she goes back to her parents and to her people; the members of his household include his ownself and his kith and kin (who are related to him by blood) and for him the acceptance of Zakat is prohibited.

      Sahih Al Muslim, Book Number 31, Hadith Number 5923.

  10. Muslim

    January 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Another thing i want to mention is that the martyrdom of Hussein (ra) and the events of karbala have already taken place and Hussein (ra) is doing well now as he died a martyr so there is no need for our hearts to ache over this. If the narrations above are true then the prophet (saw) weapt over something that were going to happen but to us 1400 years later – it has already happened and our beloved Hussein (ra) was martyred and is now being rewarded so that’s that, he passed the test of life. We do not feel ache in our heart about the passing of the sahaba (ra) because it was something that had to happen and it happened and they are doing well now. Their trial of pain/suffering etc is no longer ongoing so we don’t need to dwell on it. It’s like somene stealing your gold and then you get the same gold back in addition to billions and billions of tons of gold, treassures and everything you want – in such a situation, you don’t mourn the temporary loss of your gold since you got something that was billions of times better shortly after losing it!

    • Mustafa

      May 25, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Those who mourn for Hussain are not just doing it over his martyrdom but also over the fact that he was martyred fighting a non-muslim tyrant, and trying to maintain the ummah towards the prophets message which the tyrant yazeed wasnt doing. There are also plenty of examples of prophets mourning over those who passed away long ago, so your claim of forgetting about Hussain because it happened long time ago is bogus. The mourning of Hussain because of his martyrdom is just one reason and you can’t seem to get it.

  11. Modest Muslim

    February 24, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Shia and Sunni are both Muslims and who ever tries to disunite them, will be defeated in his hideous intentions, Insha’Allah! Imam Husain was killed and he knew that he was going to be killed. It’s written in Sunni books that Prophet Mohamed had predicted the murder of Husain.

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      • mmmmm

        January 4, 2016 at 9:16 AM

        BE QUIET silyyyyyyyyy

  12. ali

    June 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    i want to know if theres a hadith about the rasool (saw) kissing one of his sons on the forehead and one on the lips

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  14. afreena

    November 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Salaam all ppl lets all be good Muslims first at home then the rest we all are going to be judged according to our deeds all of us not sects because in Islam thay is no sect we are only Muslim that wat Islam teaches us xxx

  15. Darrell

    January 31, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    The final comments by the author were totally unnecessary. Those were form of extremism commited by a minority of shia, like sunnis who blow themselves up in shia mosques.

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  18. kosim asorire

    October 24, 2015 at 3:25 AM

    Many things are very cleared through all narrative hadiths. Jazakum lahu khaeran.

  19. Ghulam Mustafa

    March 25, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    MASHA ALLAH! This Essay’s Written in g0od way and Is als0 Increased My Knowledge

  20. Gold guy

    July 12, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    1. Every belief has to translate into action. If you agree that love if Hussain is fundamental to our religion, you must be sad on the events of Karbala and must be on the side of Hussain. You must then agree to the strategy of Hussain by not doing Baiyat with Yazeed and you must then agree that the effort of Hussain saved the religion of Islam, actually explaining Prophet’s saying that “Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain” because Hussain saved the religion of Islam of which Prophet Mohammad was the last messenger
    2. Every belief has to translate into action, if you agree on above point, then why you have objection against mourning, beating chests is expression of sadness and grief and the fact that it is not biddat, is proven from authentic Islamic material
    3. “Every land is Karbala and Every day is Ashura” is not an extreme denomination of revenge rather it means “Muslims should always and in all places have courage to show resistance against opression, be it Kashmir, lebonen, Palestine, Bosnia, Iraq etc, taking lessons from the story of Karbala.
    4. In Syria, yes Assad is a dictator and the resistance against him was to some extent genuine in the beginning and it was without arms same like Tunisia and Yemen and Egypt, but this resistance was hijacked by US and its Gulf Allies by sending terrorists via Turkey to Syria and polluted the purity of resistance. These terrorist were actually roots of Daish in Syria and Iraq. They not only failed in dismantling Assad but also divided in groups , started fighting with each other, each controlling small territory, killed innocent people for small reasons wherever they went, and actually wasted the efforts initial genuine resistance from common public of Syria. The US, Gulf allies and these terrorists are the responsible of 500,000 deaths in Syria and million of people’s disposition. These terrorists actually damaged graves and place of Islamic Heritage in Syria and killed innocent people. That is where Iran had to intervene with the help of Hizbullah as supporting Assad in this situation was a lesser evil.

  21. shehzad

    July 27, 2016 at 4:01 PM

  22. Asad M

    October 5, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    These Sunnis will always betray Imam Hussain.

    He is the Leader of Jannat and do not regret in the grave why couldn’t we acknowledge and accepted him.
    Loving Ahl Bayt is difficult as Shaitan manuplate the very tiny brain of human. This is happening for 1400 years. Whenever there is something written it is considered weak.
    We don’t want any Hadith to prove Imam Hussain status. You keep the Hadith we will keep the love for him

  23. noor

    October 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM


    ,Allah raised their ranks.They are the masters of Janna.In namaz salutation on them what proof they want

    • noor

      October 7, 2016 at 10:42 AM

      People are jealous of them.They are punjaytun pak.Allah purify them.They are truthful.In quran in mubahhillah with Christian,Allah called them truthful.What proof they want.Angels use to come to their houses.Prophet raised them.
      They were the best in akhlaq.What proof they want.You can throw dust over sun,but the sun will still shine.Jealousy is bad thing .Change your self.Be realistic and humble yourself.Listen to your prophet.I don’t want any reward from you except love my family BB Fatima,Hassan,Hussain and imam Ali.Wives are not blood related,if they get divorced they are not part of the family.What proof do you want?

  24. Naqvee

    October 12, 2016 at 3:23 AM

    Why do u think it was difficult for our Prophet (pbuh) to not know what will be the future of his family? If someone need hadeeth to prove this then he definitely does not believe the prophet (pbuh).
    Through Prophet Muhammad (saw) we got the whole Quran shareef. We got to know Allah’s divine Will. Allah’s appointed angels used to come to him…
    Where are Muslim sunni’s going with this, that they need hadeeth to prove whether he knew his grandson’s death by slaughtering or not? Yes absolutely he knew..thats how Imam Hussain was raised, courageously and with bravery.

    I pity Muslims…what a waste this ummah has become? today they need hadeeth to prove.. tomorrow they will need hadeeth to prove that whether Quran revealed to Prophet (saw) is real or fake? And ask for hadeeth to prove..
    Pity u Muslims..I pity you..
    PROPHET Muhammad couldn’t still convert you to a MUSLIM. Your iman is dwindling.

  25. no v

    October 14, 2016 at 10:25 PM

    salaam alaikom muslims (ie shias’ and sunnis’)

    peace and blessings on the MERCY of the worlds , our beloved muhammed.

    may i ask what does the word shia mean?perhaps many …..and what is its history and when did it come about?….i do not mean to cause a debate…etc?….but someone above did mention something about jesus’ message..etc.

    with that said, and alluding to THE BOOK we all read….apologies as i can not remember exactly and just in the form of being inquistive..etc…(just looked it up)…..please look into the usage of the word shia in the quran…….take al rum and al qassas and then the two in al anam…!?

    excuse my ignorance and not really looking into it as of that….but has the rift always been there between us ( underlined us)….when i was growing up…i only started to hear about the differences at a much latter date, and heard of stories and until this day of inter-marriaging and also with in one family…etc., and with out getting into the blame game…etc, but aren’t we as an ummah/humanity advised to take our avowed enemy as such…ie satan..and not ourselves…ie we are one body and compliment one another???!

    as to my own understanding of the meaning of shia…..and i hope the following can be said, like us all…. are we all not shia Adam?!…shia Noah?!
    anyone disagree?…in sha Allah we are shia Ibraheem…definelty we are all on millat of our forefather Ibraheem (in sha Allah)…….?!

    i am shia abubaker and shia omar and shia Ayisha…and also shia Ali..and most defiently like the sunnis’ shia of the one some people claim sunnis’ do not love him ie shia al husayn…and just to add shia al hassan……and also shia salman the persian and last but not least shia bilal too…..Allah Akbar!

    may i also just add one more thing…someone wrote above about certain sahabi’s not loving ahl al bayt and having a distorted version, just like the initial distortions of st paul to jesus’ message..(ibn saba to muhmmed’s message).etc….with that…..our prophet our beloved (peace be upon him)(father in law of Ali ra)..the one who received wahy ie al nabi Muhammed…and knew even the hypocrites…would he know who to not befriend…? let alone give his daughters to and marry theirs…?…that is a whole issue all together…ie perhaps some of the motivations/reasons behind the Muqafi’s marriages…etc.

    with the afore mentioned lines…..are we today all going to do kufr on one another and judge the past and the actions/mistakes of those gone and departed…?…..any of us sinless?……(that alluding to the hadith..stating something like….the prophet’s generation being the best and so on..etc!)

    forget pharoah………………………………..but doesn’t Allah tell and order us ie the MUSLIMS…..WHEN SPEAKING TO THE PEOPLE OF THE BOOK…to talk IN THE BEST OF WAYS and to come to a common understanding and mutual co-operation…etc??!!………………..WHAT ABOUT US?

    what is our commonality that should only matter?

    like us all……. i bear witness that LA ILAH ILA ALLAH..W MUHAMMED RASUL ALLAH….

    peace and blessings of Allah on our beloved Ummah.

    fe aman Allah

    salaam alaikom

  26. united we stand

    October 14, 2016 at 10:34 PM

    question…..?within a family….! two brothers……? they fight…!

    the idea wanting to get across……we all human brothers/sisters……we do not judge…we just try our best to make things better……..?!!

    One God , ie Allah…and we follow one prophet…the seal of the prophets…sayiddna Muhammed

  27. Madeenasaib Abdool Nziroodin

    October 29, 2016 at 2:20 PM


    Dear brother and sisters the question did the PROPHET Muhammad (saw) know the ilimme Raib. well Allah(swa) has great human perfect from all his greation go to surah 95 tafsir surah watteen you will see how much did Allah (swa) love us .And Allah (swa) had send his perfect book Al Quran On His Perfect Rassoul Hazrrat Muhammad swallahhutallah Alaihiwaswalam now if we have dout on Allah(swa) perfect Rassoul that is we are not a good muslim and we will not be able to give dawa al islam well as Rassouloullah swallahhutallah Alaihiwaswalam had say i will asked all of you to stop fighting on the web

  28. Yamama

    February 4, 2020 at 2:37 AM

    it was going so well until i read the final comments, you just quoting things people say without it’s explanation is exactly what the west does with verses of the Quran, the phrase “every day is Ashura and every land is karbala” means that the event of karbala should be remembered in every place and at every time as a reminder to all muslims to stand against oppression it is also so that we don’t forget the sacrifice of Hussein, just like how people forgot or ignored the event of ghadeer khum for their own worldly benefit/desire. And when people say revenge, they mean fighting against the yazid’s of today.

    If you believe everything western propaganda tells you about anyone who is anti-American like Iran and bashar al assad then they’re evil and oppress their people which is false, I spoke to my Syrian friend on what she though of bashar al assad, and she said that he was a good person but the west is trying to make him look bad and blaming him for things he didn’t do, not only fooling the world but many syrians too, and many people don’t like him because he’s an a’lawi. My point is Western propaganda, especially when it comes to Islam, is false.

    And in regards to those people who perform tatbir, you are generalising. the vast majority of shia muslims are against tatbir, it is only those extreme people who will say anything to justify it, it is haram as stated by the vast majority of shia scholars.

    And the biggest disgrace to Hussein is not fighting against the oppressors, it’s not fighting against the enemies of Islam, because that’s what he stood for, justice, Hussein is the symbol for justice and fighting against tyranny, oppression and persecution.

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